A nationwide isolation strategy has commenced today in Papua New Guinea in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19.
This comes as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in PNG climbed quickly past 3000, while the official death toll is 36.
Under the isolation strategy, movement of people between villages and districts is restricted, while mask use in public venues is mandatory.
The National Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning, says compliance with recommended safety measures has been a big challenge.
“Covid-19 is an invisible killer that spreads through the air that we inhale and the objects that we touch,” Manning said.
“But we as a people, as workers, small business owners and government employees, can do our part to protect our loved ones and try and keep them safe.”
Mr Manning says that as well as mask-use, people must wash their hands frequently and maintain social distancing in public.
More staff at PNG’s main hospital test positive
More medical Doctors at PNG’s main hospital, Port Moresby General, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The National Doctors Association Secretary, Dr Sam Yockopua, told local media that 35 doctors at the hospital have tested positive.
Last week authorities said more than 100 frontline health staff in Port Moresby had tested positive to date.
Dr Yockopua said the health workforce strength was fast depleting, affecting the hospital’s operations, which were already overstretched.
Wards are already full due to the increased number of Covid patients, while medical staff who test positive are required to isolate for ten days.
SOURCE – RADIO NEW ZEALAND